Thursday, August 30, 2007

An Afternoon in San Francisco

Thursday 6.0 miles/49:52/8:19 average pace

I took the afternoon off to go see a Giants game with my friend who is a huge baseball fan and has sweet season tickets right on the 3rd base line (first row). I'm not a big baseball fan myself, but I am a fan of working a half day and drinking beer in the sunshine! And seeing Barry Bonds from about 20 feet away was pretty cool. I think the whole steroid thing sucks, and I hear Bonds is a total asshole, but he did make history. My friend doesn't like him either, but we cheered for everyone else and had a great time. (Giants lost 8-0... oh well)

Anyway, I limited myself to a single beer (thank you, thank you!) and chugged a bunch of water (it was HOT even in SF), then I headed up to Zach's office after the game and we went for a super fun run. It had started to cool down and we had some shade, so we were able to push the pace pretty good even in some strong headwinds and on a couple big hills. We ran along the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf, then up through Fort Mason to Chrissy Field with great views of the Golden Gate, then returned back to Zach's office in North Beach. It was a blast! I never run in SF except for the occasional weekend long run so it was a nice change of scenery. :) I was really proud of my pace too, we ran the last two miles in about 15:30! And I didn't even use my inhaler.

This morning I got up and was feeling very, very tired. I think it's because I ran 3 days in a row at a pretty hard effort every time. I did a very short, very slow swim: 500 meters in about 11:10. It felt pretty good though. I'm going for a bike ride tonight but that will be a nice break from running. But tomorrow morning I'll be an early bird again and hopefully get in a semi-long run before work. If I can do 10 tomorrow, I'll hit 30 miles this week! :)


miss petite america said...

girl! you are tougher than me. for me, baseball means beer. there is now way in HELL i'd be able to stop after 1. must learn to channel your dedication and moderation the next time the beer devil sits on my shoulder :)

we should totally get together sometime and run (well if you're running with me, you'd be walking, but you get the idea :)

Eed said...

Oh how I miss SF! Thanks so much for the comment - I am definitely needing the support at this point in the training. Have a great Labor Day!

Donald said...

I LOOOVE blowing off work to take in a Giants game - there's just something about chilling out in that park while the rest of the world is working that is irresistible. Unfortunately, I can only do it once per year or so.

Glad you had a good afternoon.

Ryan said...

I've stayed in Fisherman's Wharf each of the few times I've visited SF on business. Lots of tourists to dodge while running down Embarcadero. Sounds like you had an excellent afternoon... baseball, beer and running ... not the order I would have done them in, but that's cool...